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Sept 26-Dec 12, 2020

Grades 6-8



The Teen Performance Ensemble offers students a chance to work on performance projects that will both challenge and delight them--all in a supportive community of theatre-loving peers. In the fall session, we’ll dive into not one, but TWO unique performances you won’t see anywhere else! The first, a fun-filled Spooktacular showcase just in time for Halloween! The second? Well, that’s up to the students as they begin group Passion Projects guided by a stellar staff of theatre professionals. In a time where so much is out of control, we want to empower students to be creators themselves! Utilizing all the tools in our theatre toolbelt (improvisation, scripted materials, song, dance, etc.) we’ll design a final performance that celebrates these emerging theatre artists.


*Spring session for youth & teens will focus on the annual Conservatory showcase, Out of this World: a Space-Themed Odyssey!


Dates: 9/26/20-12/12/20 (11 sessions, no class 11/28)


Day/Time: Saturdays, 11:00am-12:30pm, 90 minutes


Instructor: Marielle Duke


Fee: $300 



What makes the Saturday Ensembles so special?


For nearly four decades, Saturdays at NCTC have been abuzz with activities for young people--from classes to showcases to full-blown productions. As students age up through the program, we are able to both meet them where they’re at and offer new challenges. So many kids have grown up with NCTC! Our dedicated staff works hard to make a connection with each ensemble member and to champion them through their growth in the program.


The community expectations are high of the Ensemble members. We expect older students to be mentors both by modeling their training and engaging with and supporting young performers. We challenge our younger students to enthusiastically try new skills, regularly perform works-in-progress for students and staff, and to actively see theatre productions. And we expect all of our students to treat each other with respect and to be mindful that they are working in a professional theatre environment.


Unlike other programs that offer performances in familiarly titled shows, we strive to earn the “new” in our name. Though sometimes based on known stories, we custom build experiences and performance pieces for our students, assuring that everyone has a meaningful place on the stage. Students are at the heart of all that we do. While our curriculum may be ever-evolving, our mission has stayed the same: Saturday Ensembles are a way of building a community for emerging theatre artists and a way in which we can celebrate them and their efforts.

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